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York city centre lecture examines heroism

Posted on 21 May 2013

A public lecture at the historic King’s Manor, University of York, will explore the theme of victims and heroes, and defend the possibility of heroism even in the modern age.

Professor Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum, an international interdisciplinary institute for public intellectual life in Berlin, will deliver the lecture ‘Understanding Heroes’ on Thursday, 23 May.

Professor Neiman takes up the topic from her 2010 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, where, regarding the ambivalent notion of the ‘hero’, she argues “the fact that concepts are abused cannot absolve us of the responsibility to try to use them properly: reinvesting them with meaning, by carefully showing how they might make sense”.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Professor Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and at the Freie Universität in Berlin, before teaching philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv Universities. She is the author of Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin (1992), The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant (1994), the award-winning Evil in Modern Thought (2002), and Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists (2008).

The event, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the University of York’s Philosophy Department and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

The lecture ‘Understanding Heroes’ takes place on Thursday, 23 May at 6.30pm at the King’s Manor, University of York, in the city centre. It will be preceded by a drinks reception at 6pm. No booking is required. For further details please contact

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